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More On This One "Fall down elevator shaft kills man, 25, in Center City"

An Elevator Advocate wrote in and provided a bit more information on the accident that occurred in PA. Thanks  for sending the comments over. Complete article can be read via the link below.


Comments From G.D.

As for the 25 yr. old man falling down an elevator shaft. It is my understanding the building was retail on the lower levels and a private residence on the 5th fl. The car travel from a secure lobby to the 5th fl. apartment which apparently had a party go on. Per the state the elevator was list as residence elevator which required no annual inspections.


If you are a residential elevator owner please consider having your elevator inspected once a year and maintained on a regular basis. While the code does not address these devices it's a good idea to have an elevator contractor come in and make sure that there are no safety issues with your equipment. As you can see, Residential Elevators only need be inspected once, when they are installed and that's it.  Can you imagine purchasing a new car and never having it looked at or maintained until it broke?

Also, perhaps this elevator should not have been classified as a residential elevator. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.  If there are more Elevator Advocates out there that can share more info as this case progresses I'd be happy to share and summarize it. Or if you'd like to add comments below feel free.

This was a terrible accident that could and should have been preventable.


Post: March 9th, 2011: ERS-2011-03-09 #244 Show Notes

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Tough show today, way to many accidents relating to elevators and escalators! In the last 243 shows I can't remember covering this many accident articles in one week. As one accident involves our industry loosing a mechanic in NY which again proves that the technicians in our industry earn every penny for the work that they do each day. Think safety each morning you get out of bed. Thanks for tuning in to the program today!

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Post: July 21st, 2010: ERS-2010-07-21 #213 Show Notes

Click Here to download ERS-2010-07-21 #213 Wow, I never thought I’d see the day when there was a death relating to a residential elevator entrapment. A story on today’s show, which was covered all over the place, actually involved a man and a wife getting stuck in their home elevator and died due to heat exposure. If you install or maintain residential elevators this is a great opportunity to send a letter out to your customers informing them of the importance of residential elevator maintenance and making sure telephones work and are installed. This is very important in light of the recent article covered on today’s show!

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